Romans Chapter 2
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Matthew Henry's Romans Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The Jews could not be justified by the law of Moses, any more than the Gentiles by the law of nature. (1-16) The sins of the Jews confuted all their vain confidence in their outward privileges. (17-29)1-16 The Jews thought themselves a holy people, entitled to their privileges by right, while they were unthankful, rebellious, and unrighteous. But all who act thus, of every nation, age, and description, must be reminded that the judgment of God will be according to their real character. The case is so plain, that we may appeal to the sinner's own thoughts. In every wilful sin, there is contempt of the goodness of God. And though the branches of man's disobedience are very various, all spring from the same root. But in true repentance, there must be hatred of former sinfulness, from a change wrought in the state of the mind, which disposes it to choose the good and to refuse the evil. It shows also a sense of inward wretchedness. Such is the great change wrought in repentance, it is conversion, and is needed by every human being. The ruin of sinners is their walking after a hard and impenitent heart. Their sinful doings are expressed by the strong words, "treasuring up wrath." In the description of the just man, notice the full demand of the law. It demands that the motives shall be pure, and rejects all actions from earthly ambition or ends. In the description of the unrighteous, contention is held forth as the principle of all evil. The human will is in a state of enmity against God. Even Gentiles, who had not the written law, had that within, which directed them what to do by the light of nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they nature. Conscience is a witness, and first or last will bear witness. As they kept or broke these natural laws and dictates, their consciences either acquitted or condemned them. Nothing speaks more terror to sinners, and more comfort to saints, than that Christ shall be the Judge. Secret services shall be rewarded, secret sins shall be then punished, and brought to light.
17-24 The apostle directs his discourse to the Jews, and shows of what sins they were guilty, notwithstanding their profession and vain pretensions. A believing, humble, thankful glorying in God, is the root and sum of all religion. But proud, vain-glorious boasting in God, and in the outward profession of his name, is the root and sum of all hypocrisy. Spiritual pride is the most dangerous of all kinds of pride. A great evil of the sins professors is, the dishonour done to God and religion, by their not living according to their profession. Many despise their more ignorant neighbours who rest in a dead form of godliness; yet themselves trust in a form of knowledge, equally void of life and power, while some glory in the gospel, whose unholy lives dishonour God, and cause his name to be blasphemed.
25-29 No forms, ordinances, or notions can profit, without regenerating grace, which will always lead to seeking an interest in the righteousness of God by faith. For he is no more a Christian now, than he was really a Jew of old, who is only one outwardly: neither is that baptism, which is outward in the flesh: but he is the real Christian, who is inwardly a true believer, with an obedient faith. And the true baptism is that of the heart, by the washing of regeneration and the renewal of the Holy Ghost; bringing a spiritual frame of mind, and a willing following of truth in its holy ways. Let us pray that we may be made real Christians, not outwardly, but inwardly; in the heart and spirit, not in the letter; baptized, not with water only, but with the Holy Ghost; and let our praise be, not of men, but of God.
Mike's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 5/20/2013, 7:34am...
at one time all men new god rom.1:21 it was and is mans place to share salvation,and it has been preached all over the world, a man in a deep dark jungle knowes there is a god. rom 1:20 a man knows in a jungle it is wrong to steal lie cheat or murder. god says the law is wrote on our heart, man does not need the oportunity to learn about god to be saved he knows ther is a god. man has no excuse at ALL! read rom. chapter one and let it sink in.
RUTH AMEH's Romans Chapter 2 comment on 3/11/2013, 12:14pm...
In as much as the word of God canít be changed, no mortal has the power of judgment. We all live by Godís grace working toward righteousness; yet our righteousness is not better than a filthy rag, only by that same still grace which keeps sustaining us doing Godís will. Yet not by power or might but by Godís mercy and direction trough prayers. Stay blessed.
Ogechukwu's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 11 on 10/03/2012, 8:36am...
This shows the Righteousness of God: that everyone on earth is judged or justified by his/her good works and also by accepting Lord Jesus as his/her personal Savior, thereby living a godly and obedient lifestyle.
Sharon's Romans Chapter 2 comment about verse 1 on 7/16/2012, 11:09am...
i feel that all words in this book are real, for god is real and all his words they are the way of life ,and this part is true you cant judge some one if you are doing the same things you must look at your self with honesty and how you really are for god loves all but he hates sin and we must repent and change. share and be apart of true love know one will every love you like christ or can do the goodiness of christ holy the king of kings.
Ralph's Romans Chapter 2 comment on 6/15/2012, 12:37pm...
When faith perceives that crumbs of food (for children) falls from the table and that even the small dogs under the table benefit from it, that faith touched the Savior. And that faith is sufficient faith. We have the LORD's word on that.
6"...Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life..."
GOD,(Who's sovereignty is now beyond dispute in light of Christ's perfect submission, even to the cross), has complete moral freedom to be gracious.
"...I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious" are HIS words.
Steven's Romans Chapter 2 comment on 3/18/2012, 6:53am...
Well, how about " make your Calling and Election sure," or, "work out your Salvation in fear and trembling" or, " those He foreknew He called ," or Only those whom God gives to His Son will come to His Son.....It sounds like 'election' to me. "I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have Compassion on whom I will have Compassion?" It seems like we get into trouble when someone/anyone tries to come up with what they consider to be the True gospel, usually by emphasising some parts to the detrement of other parts of Scripture. 7th day people, baptising people, Jehovah people, fundamentalist people, ad nauseum. All these things do is create Separation and argument. ( MY idea of God is better than yours ) Paul prayed that all of us would speak and pray with one voice about the truth of God, and not be part of this, that or the other thing...and when anyone decides to preach 'this type' or that type' of gospel, they are not gathering, they are Scattering.
Jean's Romans Chapter 2 comment on 1/11/2012, 7:01am...
Romans 2:29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.
Ye must be born again to over come your fleshly sins with praise/worship by the Holy Spirit and sometimes you will have to run away from the sin because of your own desire for it, knowing it is wrong to do it.
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